Nearly thirty researchers from the NEURICE project met on January 29 and 30 in the French town of Arles to share the work carried out so far in the project of 4 years (2016-2020).

The main objective of the NEURICE project (New commercial EUropean RICE) is to develop strategies for the productivity, stability and quality of rice by obtaining new commercial varieties of rice (Oryza sativa), from the incorporation of alleles of tolerance to salinity in order to protect the sector from the effects of climate change and apple snail (Pomacea insularum). The project promotes collaborative research among experts from different fields: biotechnology (UGLA, UB, CRAG, CIRAD, UMIL, INDEAR and ICS-CAAS), plant physiology (UB, UGLA, IRTA and CRA), agronomic development (IRTA, CAMERA, CFR and CRA), electrophysiology and cell signaling (UGLA), and salinity control systems (IRIS).

During the meeting, progress was made in the creation of the salinity-tolerant lines and how they are behaving at the field level in the three main countries that are testing them: Spain, France and Italy. In Spain, in addition to assessing the productive aptitude of the new varieties, it also works to deal with the pest of the apple snail.